Every day, items of interest to you arrive in our email. Our bi-monthly format doesn't lend itself to daily updates. However, this is a small inconvenience to our Contributing Editor Steven H Silver. He's begun this column which will fill you in on recent news in science fiction. We'll be updating the page as he sends in new items.
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Horror Garage Editor Paula Guran has been dismissed following issue six, which is currently shipping. All manuscripts have been turned over to publisher Rich Black, who will be editing the magazine. No further submissions are being accepted until new writers' guidelines have been issued. Following Guran's dismissal, Assistant Editor Michele Patterson resigned. Launched in 2000, Horror Garage won an International Horror Guild Award in 2001 for Best Publication.
Malcolm Ashworth (b.1933) died of heart failure in a pub on Saturday, November 23. Ashworth has been active in fandom since the 1950s, although he recently curtailed his con-going due to heart disease and other ailments. Despite this, he still was able to attend club meetings of the Leeds Group. Until 1984, Ashworth published the fanzine ROT, and has continued to contribute pieces to other fanzines in the years since then. He is survived by his wife, Hazel.
In what may be a first, fans of the cancelled series Farscape have created an advertisement and purchased air time on cable outlets in 24 cities in an attempt to save the show. The ads, which will run during the week of November 24, mostly in the middle of the night, are hoped to draw mainstream attention to the show and result in a reprieve for the series.
MINNEAPPA, an amateur press association 'zine has announced that issue 400 will be its last issue. Issue 400 will be produced in January 2003. MINNEAPPA has been produced on a monthly-every six weeks basis. Recent issues have dwindled to only a handful of contributors, with the most recent issue, 398, only containing two contributors.
National Book Award to Science Fiction Novel
Black Hole: Coming to Our Neighborhood
Stan Lee is suing Marvel Comics, the firm with whom his name is synonymous, for creative accounting to show that Marvel made no profits from the blockbuster film Spider-Man and therefore does not owe Lee any share of the profits. Lee has also asked the courts to make sure that he receives his proper share of forthcoming films based on Marvel properties the Hulk, X-Men and Daredevil.
The Rotsler Award, presented by SCIFI (Southern California Institute for Fan Interests) was presented to Fan Artist Kurt Erichsen. The prize, which remembers fan artist William Rotsler, includes a plaque and a $300 honorarium.
Andre Norton Update
Name a Martian Rover
Another Bookstore Closes
Author Jerry Sohl (b.1913) died in his home in Thousand Oaks, CA. He began writing in the 1950s and published under several pseudonyms, including Nathan Butler and Sean Mei Sullivan. His first story was "The 7th Order." Perhaps Sohl's most famous novel was Costigan's Needle. In the late fifties and sixties, he turned his attention to screenwriting and produced scripts for The Twilight Zone, Star Trek and The Outer Limits.
Peg Phillips (b.1918), who portrayed Ruth Anne Miller on the series Northern Exposure, has died of lung disease. Phillips, who only began acting when she was 65, not only appeared in the fantasy-influenced Northern Exposure, but also the shows Seventh Heaven and Touched by an Angel.
Last year, I wrote of Frederick Raborg (above) that he wrote SF under the name Dick Baldwin. In fact, while he did use the name, he never published using it. There is an author named Dick Baldwin who does write under that name and is very much alive.
The University of Winnipeg Library is selling off items from its vast holdings of science fiction. Willed to the university in the late 1990s by Robert Stimpson, the collection contains more than 30,000 books and periodicals. Because of space limitations, the collection, which was valued at C$250,000 was stored in a basement storage room at a Greyhound Station. Last month, the collection was sold to rare book dealer L.W. Currey for a reported C$140,000. The university retains about 4,000 hardcovers from the collection.
Indian to Fly in Space
Update: Agreement Reached with Fairmont
Update: Actress Guilty
Illinois science fiction author Steve Burgauer lost his bid for the United States Senate in a race against Incumbent Democrat Dick Durbin and Republican Jim Durkin. Burgauer, whose novels include Fornax and In the Shadow of Omen, was running as the Libertarian candidate.
Dangerous Visions Closes Doors
James White Award
Ross MacDonald Literary Award
Jonathan Harris (November 4)
Veteran actor Jonathan Harris (b.1914), who is best known for his portrayal of Dr. Zachary Smith on the television series "Lost in Space," has died from a blood clot in his heart while receiving treatment for a chronic back problem. Despite an accent and mannerisms which made him appear British, Harris was born in the Bronx to Russian immigrant parents. In recent years, Harris has been providing animation voice-overs, including the elderly toy repairman in "Toy Story 2."
This year's World Fantasy Awards were presented on November 3 at World Fantasy Convention in Minneapolis, MN.
Life Achievement: George Scithers and Forrest J Ackerman
Best Novel: The Other Wind, by Ursula K. Le Guin
Best Novella: "The Bird Catcher," by S.P. Somtow
Best Short Story: "Queen for a Day," by Albert E. Cowdrey
Best Anthology: The Museum of Horrors, edited by Dennis Etchison
Best Collection: Skin Folk, by Nalo Hopkinson
Best Artist: Allen Koszowski
Special Award, Professional: (tie) Stephen Jones for editing and Jo Fletcher for editing the Fantasy Masterworks series for Gollancz
Special Award, Non-Professional: Raymond Russell & Rosalie Parker for Tartarus Press
New Home Video Record
Hungarian-born director Andre de Toth (b.1913?) died of an aneurysm in his home. Although most of his work was in the western genre, de Toth, who lost an eye and his depth perception as a child, was best known for the film "House of Wax," made in 3-D, which spurred the 3-D craze of the 1950s. He became a director in 1938 and in 1939 was assigned to make Nazi propaganda films of the invasion of Poland. That same year, he left for England, eventually finding his way to Hollywood in 1942.
Andre Norton went into the hospital for a minor surgery and complications arose. She is currently waiting the results of tests.
Nova Awards Presented
Ignotus Awards Presented
Author Andre Norton is reported to be in the hospital, although different reports indicate a variety of ranges of seriousness of her ailments. Some reports have stated that Norton is gravely ill and "her spirits have sunk to a life-threatening low," while others have noted that "her illness is not thought to be life-threatening." Norton began writing with the story "People of the Crater," which was published under the pseudonym Andrew North. She is perhaps best known for the Witch World cycle.
British-born author Charles Sheffield (b.1935), who was diagnosed with a brain tumor earlier this year, has died following multiple surgeries to alleviate the problem. He was the author of numerous books, including the recent Dark as Day and The Amazing Dr. Darwin. He won the 1993 Nebula Award for his novelette "Georgia On My Mind," which also won the 1994 Hugo Award. His novel Brother to Dragons won the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. Sheffield served as toastmaster at the 1998 worldcon in Baltimore. In addition to being an author, Sheffield was also a physicist and contributed numerous fact articles to Analog. He has published over 100 technical papers and scientific articles. Sheffield was married to author Nancy Kress.
Following ConJosé, many members who stayed at the Fairmont Hotel found a "carpet cleaning charge" on their credit card bills. Numerous complaints ensued and the Fairmont began working with ConJosé to clear up the problem. This week, ConJosé announced that all charges to members' credit cards will be credited. In return, the ConJosé committee has agreed to pay the aggregate charges to the Fairmont. ConJosé has stated that this payment will not affect its ability to pay off its other obligations.
Death of a Space Pioneer
Steven H Silver is a four-time Hugo Nominee for Best Fan Writer and the editor of the anthologies Wondrous Beginnings, Magical Beginnings, and Horrible Beginnings (DAW Books, January, February and March, 2003). In addition to maintaining several bibliographies and the Harry Turtledove website, Steven is heavily involved in convention running and publishes the fanzine Argentus.
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